The Whirlwind

Whirlwind is a great descriptive term for the urgent day-to-day activities necessary for our school to run each day.
  • Create unit plans and lesson plans
  • Gather supplies and make copies
  • Record attendance
  • Make-up work for absent students
  • Dress code checks
  • Classroom management
  • Teach
  • Grade papers
  • Analyze assessment data from homework, quizzes, and tests
  • Updating grades
  • Manage emails
  • Schedule tests on test board
  • Parking lot or cafeteria duty
  • Enforce the handbook
  • Daily chapel (that ends at different times each day)
  • Club & team meetings
  • Regular weekly meetings
  • Life outside of school

Then on weeks like this week, we add a little more to the whirlwind.
  • Faculty meeting this morning
  • Veterans Day Assembly & Reception today (lots of guests on campus)
  • Adjusted bell schedule today
  • Last days to turn in food for Feed the Multitude (Deadline is Tuesday)
  • Mustang Madness on Monday
  • Spirit Day this past Tuesday
  • MS field trip for author visit at PA yesterday
  • Development Council Fall Event last night
  • Playoff football game tonight

The whirlwind is great— as long as we don’t lose site of our mission. It’s easy to concentrate and spend our time managing the whirlwind activities, and in turn, get distracted from doing what we deem truly important.

The whirlwind is something I’ve grown to love at CAC because those extra things give us even more opportunities to be with students to model the life Christ modeled for us. Even during stressful whirlwind times, we are able to develop relationships with students, encouraging them, challenging them, and inspiring excellence, independence, and a transforming faith in God— and that is our mission each and every day (which makes managing the whirlwind worth it).

Being in a whirlwind is tough, and it’s important to anchor down in scripture during those times. I’ve listed a few verses below that may help you navigate this time of life. If you have some other go-to verses, I’d love for you to share them with me.


The Lord said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
-1 Kings 19:11-12

Answer me quickly, Lord;
my spirit fails.
Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
-Psalm 143:7-8


He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
-Psalm 46:10

Shout-Outs
  • The 6th-8th graders had a great time at PA yesterday hearing young adult author Gennifer Choldenko. A big thanks goes to Angie Diles for leading the charge. Also, thank you to Blake McNair, Angela Kyle, and Patrick Smith for driving the buses.
  • Terri Dodd really helped me out in my Economics class teaching students how to fill out W4 forms, how to read a W2, and how to complete a 1040EZ form. Our seniors learned firsthand how much we pay in taxes and it was an eye-opening experience for them!
  • Last night’s Development Council Fall Event went great thanks to Lisa Lancaster, Rachel Brackins, and Chad Tappe.The atrium looked very nice and the feedback from the event was very positive. A big thanks also goes to all our faculty/staff who attended.
  • With Monday Madness in the books, basketball season is officially underway. An early season thanks goes so Tasha Williams, Matt Hall, Blake McNair, Steve Quattlebaum, and Jason Gates for the amount of time they’ve put in (and are about to put in) for our basketball programs. Our students benefit so much from their leadership, and I’m praying for a successful season both on and off the court.
  • Today’s a big day on Mustang Mountain— it’s our annual Veterans Day assembly and reception. A big thanks goes to Lynnette Noble & the History Club for leading the charge. Also, thanks to Doug Killgore for his tremendous help with the planning, and thanks to Jenna Thomas for her work preparing the auditorium and A/V. It’s going to be a great day for our school, and I’m looking forward to having several guests joining us.
  • The response from students for the chess tournament was great! Gee Santos certainly deserves a shout-out for organizing the tournament. I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.


Upcoming Events
  • Today
    • Faculty Meeting (7:30 AM; Library)
    • Veterans Day Assembly (Adjusted Bell Schedule)
      • 8:00-8:40 1st Period
      • 8:45-9:25 2nd Period
        • 9:07 MS Bell
      • 9:30-10:10 3rd Period
      • 10:15-11:00 Chapel/Veterans Day Assembly
      • 11:10-11:45 4th Period/Veterans Reception
      • Regular schedule remainder of day
    • Middle School 4th Period Rotation— B Week (again)
  • Saturday, November 10 - Sunday, November 11
    • Christian Academy Choral Festival— Harding University
  • Tuesday, November 13
    • Feeding the Multitude DEADLINE
  • Wednesday, November 14
    • Lights Up Day Tour
  • Thursday, November 15
    • Faculty Lunch Provided
    • Family Chapel Day
    • Middle School 4th Period Rotation— A Week
  • Monday, November 19-Friday, November 23
    • THANKSGIVING BREAK
  • Tuesday, November 27
    • Elementary Track Attack (all day)
  • Wednesday, November 28
    • Secondary Campus Track Attack (adjusted bell schedule)
  • Friday, November 30
    • Peter and the Starcather Matinee Performance (9:00)
    • Middle School 4th Period Rotation— B Week
    • Gyms Closed in Afternoon (refinishing)

Anything missing? If so, please let me know.



Responsibilities for the Week of November 12-16
Week A
  • Cafeteria AM J. Wilhite
  • Cafeteria PM— C. Baber
  • Parking Lot AM— J. Gafford
  • Parking Lot PM— G. Santos
  • Lunches— Coaches
  • D-Hall—
  • Chapel— K. Quattlebaum
    • Monday— K. Quattlebaum
    • Tuesday— K. Quattlebaum
    • Wednesday Worshipful Wednesday (C. Tappe)
    • Thursday— Family Chapel
    • Friday— STUCO

Remember, it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to cover your assigned duty. Check the cheat sheet for the full duty schedule.


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